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Can a potassium deficiency trigger atrial fibrillation?

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Can a potassium deficiency trigger atrial fibrillation?

A disturbance of the salt balance in combination with a potassium deficiency can trigger atrial fibrillation and other cardiac arrhythmias. To correct this quickly, potassium and magnesium should be supplied. The easiest way to do this is by supplementing food supplements.

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How important is potassium for the body?

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How important is potassium for the body?

The German Nutrition Society (DGE) recommends a daily intake of about 4000 milligrams of potassium for an adult. Children up to the age of 10 need half the amount of an adult, i.e. the requirement is approx. 2000 milligrams. For breastfeeding women, the recommended amount of potassium is about 4400 milligrams, since they have to provide for their child through their mother's milk.

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What causes a potassium deficiency?

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What causes a potassium deficiency?

A deficiency of potassium can be caused by many different factors. A potassium deficiency is also called hypokalemia. This is a very low level of potassium in the blood. Common causes of potassium deficiency are diseases of the adrenal glands or medications such as diuretics. Vomiting, diarrhea or intestinal disorders can also cause a deficiency.

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What are the symptoms of potassium deficiency?

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What are the symptoms of potassium deficiency?

Sobald beim Arzt festgestellt wurde, dass der Kalium-Wert zu niedrig ist, sollte man den Kalium-Spiegel durch eine Ernährungsumstellung oder die Einnahme von Nahrungsergänzungsmitteln erhöhen. Dabei ist es wichtig, nach der Umstellung einen weiteren Test beim Arzt durchzuführen, um mögliche Änderungen beim Kalium-Wert frühzeitig festzustellen.

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In which foods is potassium contained?

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In which foods is potassium contained?

Potassium-rich foods are mainly fruits and vegetables. Potassium is found in the soil and is absorbed by the plants via the roots. Therefore, the potassium content in plant foods varies considerably. Animals thus absorb potassium through their food, so that potassium is also present in meat, dairy products and fish. The mineral potassium quickly combines with water.

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